Bob Dylan: Unreleased Gem – I Must Love You Too Much (2 live versions)





Well, my mama said the girl’s puttin’ you down
She’s gonna ruin my life
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)

You like someone and then you don’t want to like them any more because you’re afraid to admit to yourself that you like them so much.
– Dylan, to Jonathan Cott, September 1978

This song (co-written with Helena Springs and Greg Lake) was never tried out in the studio, and only played twice in concert (sound checked 4 times).

Here are the only two live versions performed:

Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Binghamton, New York
24 September 1978




Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
29 September 1978

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I was in Abbey Road recording. Funny enough, I had kind of written a song with Bob Dylan. We didn’t actually sit down and write it together. I wanted to do a Bob Dylan song, but I didn’t want to do one that everyone else had done. I wanted to do one that was obscure. What happened was he sent me over a tape of a half-finished song and said, ‘Look, you finish the song off and then you can do this with that one, and that way it’s something original.’ I finished the song and it was called ‘I Love You Too Much.’
-Greg Lake (2012 interview with Vintage Rock)

Lyrics

Well, my mama said the girl’s puttin’ you down
She’s gonna ruin my life
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)

She said : ‘Boy, you’re gonna lose your home’
‘You better lose your world’
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)

I can’t help it, I can’t help it, girl
I know I miss that old put you down
I just can’t do it, girl

I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
Must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
Must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)

Back way up if you carry me
You need me, girl, when I disappear
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)

In a slanted way, frontwards and backwards
Anyway you just don’t hear
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)

Well, I don’t know the way but I wish you would go
I wish that you’d get out of my sight
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)

Anyway at all, just leave and go
I won’t ’til you leave me alone
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
Must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)

Must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
Yeah, I love you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)
I must have loved you too much
(Must of loved you too much)

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